Philanthropy

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Haiku / Original / Original Poetry

Maybe your name is
on a wall and mine’s unknown,
but we do both give.

I met a guy once who said it was really important that the woman he dates volunteers in some capacity. It was an understandable quality to look for – certainly an admirable one – and it had me reflecting on my own benevolence. Though grateful for my time on organized Habitat-for-Humanity type trips and Christmas time food drives, those experiences impacted me far less than the smaller moments where I’ve given a literal starving artist a pen and paper, or sat and talked with a woman who lost her job due to bipolar disorder. Sitting blankly across from my philanthropic, kind-hearted date, he must’ve taken my silence as a “dealbreaker” – that I don’t volunteer, but really I’m in my head wondering if it’s selfish to be so inefficient with my generosity? Or is compassion in any way the right way?

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  1. “…if it’s selfish to be so inefficient with my generosity? Or is compassion in any way the right way?”

    I really like the way you put this. When comparing our philanthropic achievements, it is hard to avoid the idea that doing one thing is better than another. However, those kind of comparisons should be avoided.
    If you make someone feel whole again through conversations or encouragement, you are impacting them in an incredible way; these are the things that will be remembered for a lifetime.
    I hope you shared your thoughts with your date, as it could be a nice eye-opener for what exactly philanthropy can be.
    Thank you for sharing!

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